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White Asparagus Gratin; cooking for two — 7 Comments

  1. You are too late for Orchard Bee Osmia bicornuta and Red Mason Bee O. rufa (btw, I get way more O. bicornuta than O. rufa here, but either are good for pollinating fruit). Other solitary bees, such as various Megachile spp will likely move in. They are the ones who collect the pollen under their abdomen and cut semi-circles out of leaves (usually from your rose bushes) to line their nest with. Also good to have. You may also get a few Mexican Grasshopper Wasps — you will know them because they leave dry grass sticking out from the tubes. They stock their nests with paralysed grasshoppers then block them off with dried grass. They don’t pollinate, they are not native, but they are not a problem.

    In terms of aphid munching, hover fly (known as flower flies in North America) larvae are also excellent chompers. And best of all are lacewing larvae — very ferocious on the aphids.

    • Well, I tried. Next year I will be better prepared. And perhaps the hubs will build some that can be in the actual potager, or near it. It was just to new to us this year. Still, I’m so glad I learned about it.
      I have an irrational fear of spiders (but, for some reason, only in the house) but have never been bothered by any of the flying bugs (except mosquitoes) lol

  2. Lovely little house and I see that you can replace the insides. Very good! A nice, clean parasite and disease free spot.

    I don’t mind spiders. They eat a huge amount of bad bugs. Especially the hunter spiders. Someone on our township FB group posted a picture of a Wolf Spider that was almost as big in leg span as a two liter bottle of pop. They’d found it while taking a wall in their house down. Of course, the usual “burn it” comments went out though a few actually agreed with me that putting it outside would be the right thing to do. I did posit though that if it was that big, imagine the kind of food source it must have between the walls…the thread got very quiet…

    • It probably would have been very unhappy outside…. House spiders rather like being in houses. I remember wolf spiders from living in MN on a lake. Here we have European house spiders, which are also very big,,,, and scary. lol And, yes, I know… if there is no food they go elsewhere. There will never be a lack here, I’m afraid.

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